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His shardblade is long and thin, edged on both sides, smaller than most others.
At 27 he was seen as betraying his people in a fundamental way.(possibly due to his questions about the Voidbringers, for which he was punished. For which he was named Truthless, cast out and sold to a trader named Vstim, who acquired him as a servant.
Assassin in whiteEdit
His first bout as the assassin in white is when he is hired by the Parshendi to assassinate King Gavilar, though assassinate may not be the exact word. He puzzles over why the Parshendi would break their treaty, but decides it is not his place to ask. It is here that the first mentions of Surgebinding are shown.
He leaves and is picked up by Avado, with some half-truths and lies, he convinces Avado to bring him away. Szeth is passed from one master to another by means of an Oathstone, a small dark rock flecked with quartz. Szeth believes he eventually makes his masters uncomfortable; he thinks it is because most of them know he is capable of more than he does for them, and that they are afraid that somone else will find out that they control him simply by using the Oathstone.  Szeth is 35 years old, and has been Truthless for 7 years at the time he is owned by Took.
He is later acquired by Makkek used to expand his power, and to scare his competitors. On a mission to slay a competitor, he is beaten to his target and is approached to be used to his 'full potential' by a mysterious man, who has killed Makkek and taken the oathstone.
After having killed all but the last on the list, Taravangian, he prepares to kill Taravangian only to realize that it was Taravangian who ordered the deaths.
According to Kharbranth king Taravangian, Szeth's status as Truthless includes an absolution for all future sins committed while following his masters' orders, but Szeth dismisses this as a misconception and takes responsibility for all the murders he commits, but it doesn't seem to impede anything but his sanity.
Former Masters of Szeth-son-son-VallanoEdit
Part of Szeth punishment is for him to do whatever the holder of his Oathstone, his master, commands. Throughout the The Way of Kings, most everything Szeth does is at the behest of others. Among his masters are:
- Vstim the trader who first bought him.
- A Cobbler.
- A traveling Merchant.
- A farmer in a village near the mining village of Ironsway in Bavland.
- Makkek - Killed Took and took possession of Szeth. Makkek became the owner of a gambling den in Bornwater, Bavaland, using Szeth as his body guard and assassin.
- Liss - An assassin, who sold Szeth to the Parshendi just prior to the assassination of Gavilar
- Parshendi during to the assassination of Gavilar
At the beginning of the story, he is aggravated by the fact that stone (considered holy in Shin culture) is used as a common building material. However, as the story progresses, he becomes more accustomed to it, though never approving of it.
He also seems to be partially insane as he can hear the screams of the dying from behind furniture, in cupboards,etc.
He has a sense of morality, shown in the fact that he almost kill Taravangian to stop the deaths of people within the secret room of the Conclave. Besides that, he also hates to kill and weeps as he kills.
Near the end he begins to blame his victims for not being able to stand up to him, wishing that someone would end his accursed existence.